How to Make the Most of College Life
- May 13, 2016
- Posted by: iNurture
- Category: Blogs
The first day of college often combines great excitement, high expectations, minor apprehension, and a little cluelessness. If you find yourself panicking about it, don’t worry. You are not alone. College life is a key phase in everyone’s life that teaches life lessons in a fun and challenging way.
Here are a few pointers to enable you to smoothly blend into college life and make every moment a worthy experience.
Take Advantage of Induction Programs
The main idea behind induction programmes such as cultural events and workshops is to make you feel at ease and allow you to socialize. Don’t miss these events. Make friends. Be open to interacting with people with different interests and cultural backgrounds. Spend time to explore your surroundings and campus. You might even stumble upon a cozy and quiet corner that could serve as a great getaway.
Stay Focused, Don’t Procrastinate
College is not all about studies. However, it isn’t all about having fun, either. Stay focused and try to strike a balance between academics and social life. Your time in college is valuable. Remember that your parents have spent considerably to provide you with quality education and make the best of it. Try not to miss classes. Professors often share valuable information during lectures that might not be available on the Internet or elsewhere.
Develop Self- Discipline and Be Responsible
Unlike high school, wherein you are guided by a well-structured, precise syllabus towards better grades, colleges are largely designed for self-mentoring. It is your responsibility to track your schedules, study plans, activities and progress. But don’t let that intimidate you. This is the opportunity for you to develop life skills such as self-discipline, determination, punctuality, patience and responsibility.
Amidst the seemingly cool college life, students constantly face challenges in terms of meeting deadlines for assignments and papers and staying ahead of competition. Time management is the key to maintaining calm and achieving success.
Develop New Skills
College life offers good opportunities for you to hone various talents. Developing soft skills, learning a new language or indulging in an engaging hobby would go a long way in building your confidence.
Use the Internet Wisely
The Internet is a rich resource of all kinds of information and entertainment. You can find loads of information on any given subject, and it will help you with assignments and gaining that extra edge. But limit the time you spend on social networking and entertainment sites. Rather, focus more on real networking in campus.
Take a Break!
Make memories. College life is a beautiful phase of life. Nevertheless, it is important to be safe, spend carefully (after all it is your pocket money!), stay away from arguments and conflicts, and stay alert for promising opportunities.
Plan for your future course of action and start working on it. Meet seniors, seek mentors or discuss with peers about the best study options or career choices. Visit libraries and read to expand your knowledge horizon.
Learn to Say No
You might often find yourself in situations that you do not approve or like. In such cases, don’t feel obliged to continue. There are people to understand you and who will be willing to help you, so do not hesitate to ask for help. Develop emotional intelligence and be practical in tackling these issues.
These are all just pointers! Each person’s college experience is unique. Just remember these key qualities – Self discipline, Time management, Emotional intelligence and Positive attitude (STEP). Good Luck!